GSU MEN’S TRACK TEAM WINS SWAC OUTDOOR TITLE
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - In a dramatic final sprint, Grambling State University won the 2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field championship, edging Prairie View by half-a-point in the final standings.
The championship win is the 36th career title for head coach Bertram Lovell who was named 2017 SWAC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
With Prairie View ahead by 3.5 points and GSU needing to defeat the Panthers by at least two placings entering the final race – the men's 4x400-meter relay – to take the title, Grambling anchor leg Jonathon Sawyer dusted the field on the final lap to win it all for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Prairie View faded late, finishing third while Arkansas-Pine Bluff took the silver medal. Lachavius Grimes, Altany Wilson, Wesley Love and Sawyer ran on the 4x400.
Hassan Chepkwony scored 31 points in four events to earn the Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer award.
The Tigers also got exceptional performances from Wilson who took home the gold in the triple jump with a leap of 15.32 meters (50 feet, 3¼ inches) and Jonathon Sawyer who clocked a 46.64-second mark to win the men's 400-meter dash.
In the men's 5000-meter run , Chepkwony (15:50.35) and Noah Rugut (16:03.57) finished second and third, respectively to score nine points in the event. FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Grambling (150)
2. Prairie View (149.5)
3. Alabama State (137)
4. Texas Southern (121)
5. Jackson State (87)
6. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64.5)
7. Alabama A&M (56)
8. Alcorn State (17)
9. Southern (16)
10. Mississippi Valley (15)